Multiple networks are now predicting the BC NDP will form a majority government in the 2020 provincial elections.
As of 9:15 p.m., with the NDP had garnered 44.55 per cent of the popular vote, while the BC Liberals had 34.94 per cent and the Green party received 15.94 per cent.
The NDP majority government was projected about an hour after Elections BC released their vote counts for those who voted in person — about 30 per cent of registered voters cast their ballots by mail.
As of 9:30 p.m. the party was leading or elected in 54 ridings out of 87. A total of 44 ridings are needed in order to form majority government.
On Vancouver Island, a number of incumbent MLAs are expected to hold their seats including:
- the Green Party’s Adam Olsen for Saanich North and the Islands
- Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau for Cowichan Valley
- the NDP’s Lana Popham for Saanich South
- the NDP’s Mitzi Dean for Esquimalt-Metchosin
- former Tofino Mayor and NDP candidate Josie Osborne for Mid Island-Pacific Rim
- the NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson for Nanaimo.
However, for a number of key ridings, the race is still too close to call, particularly due to the fact that over 30 per cent of ballots in those ridings were cast by mail — mail in ballots will take Elections BC up to 13 more days to call.
One of those ridings include Victoria-Beacon Hill where the NDP’s Grace Lore is going neck and neck against the Green Party’s Jenn Neilson.
Nearly 40 per cent of voters in that riding cast their ballots by mail.
Another riding to watch is Oak Bay-Gordon Head currently held by former BC Green Party leader (and current independent) Andrew Weaver.
At the moment, the NDP’s Murray Rankin has a lead over the Green Party’s Nicole Duncan. Again, however, nearly 40 per cent of registered voters in this riding cast their ballots by mail.